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UW Radio alums snag a British legend

Retired Madison broadcast engineer recounts the unlikely story in a BBC radio interview listened to by six million-plus.

Retired Madison broadcast engineer recounts the unlikely story in a BBC radio interview listened to by six million-plus.

Editor's Note: Taco pizza and other indulgences

That’s the thing about food traditions — very seldom do they have to do just with the food.

That’s the thing about food traditions — very seldom do they have to do just with the food.

Roach: The morning after

We face a divisive election that will determine the course of our nation for the next four years.

As a person who has lived more years than most, I can not remember a weirder time in America.

Editor's note: Proceed with caution

This unusual year has made the small details of everyday life stand out like never before.

This unusual year has made the small details of everyday life stand out like never before.

On a motorcycle at 17,000 feet in the Himalayas

Alec Loftus seeks adventure as he travels overseas.

Alec Loftus grew up in Sun Prairie, moving at age 12 to Oslo when his dad, former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Tom Loftus, was named U.S. Ambassador to Norway. “I think it planted the seed for what I’m doing now,” Loftus says. “I got the travel bug.”

Plaza Tavern's pals come to the rescue

Owner grateful for $75,000 raised but still fears for Plaza's future if it can't reopen soon.

Madison residents and city ex-pats have once again united in support of the Plaza Tavern, as it struggles to remain solvent during the pandemic.

Catching up with civic stalwart Frank Alfano

Former Dane County facilities manager is organizing fellow retirees for local United Way projects.

Frank Alfano may be best known for his years as facilities manager for Dane County — he retired in 2002. But he played an even larger civic role with community-minded side pursuits. Now 78, he’s still at it.

Roach: I want to be bored silly

After much thinking, musing and pondering, I have come to the realization that I want just one thing from our next commander in chief: I want to be bored.

Well, it’s nearly time to vote. And there’s no better time to decide what I want from our next president over the next four years.

Late boxer to be inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame

Doug Moe remembers (and apologizes to) Dick Bartman

For winning an individual NCAA title in 1956 as a 139-pound boxer for the Badgers, Dick Bartman is one of the 11-member 2020 class of inductees into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. A virtual induction ceremony is planned for mid to late October.

Editor's note: Thanks, Neil

"He’s a man of resounding awareness, both of himself and the world around him."

"He’s a man of resounding awareness, both of himself and the world around him."

Neil Heinen's career in words

Heinen retires Sept. 15 after 20 years working with the magazine.

This marks Neil Heinen's final “For the Record” column, capping 20 years of monthly column writing for Madison Magazine.

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunity

Design studies professor Wei Dong turns home basement into a teaching studio.

Wei Dong is a distinguished professor of design studies in the School of Human Ecology and a global ambassador who annually leads UW-Madison student groups on trips to China.

Heinen: We need to talk

Editorial director Neil Heinen mourns the loss of interpersonal interaction.

"One of the many difficult and vexing ramifications of living in a pandemic is the forced separation from one another. But the truth is we’ve been moving further apart for awhile now."

Roach: Dumb and Dumber

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

Editor's Note: Distraction from the pandemic

As we approach the six-month mark of a pandemic no one thought would take us this long to outsmart, we’ve also been in search of new distractions.

As we approach the six-month mark of a pandemic no one thought would take us this long to outsmart, we’ve also been in search of new distractions.

Are we really missing the 'drama' of an in-person convention anyway?

Other than a memorable run-in with Don King and Rudy Giuliani at a past convention, WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross won't miss much about an in-person event as the DNC goes digital this year.

Other than a memorable run-in with Don King and Rudy Giuliani at a past convention, WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross won't miss much about an in-person event as the DNC goes digital this year.

Trivia contest lands Madison man in favorite author’s next novel

Jason Horowitz also wins chat with novelist David Mitchell

Jason Horowitz’s prize for winning the trivia contest is having his name given to a character in English author David Mitchell’s next novel. But the real prize was getting 10 minutes to chat by Zoom one-on-one with Mitchell.